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The West Virginia Watershed Network is a group of state and federal agencies, as well as nonprofit groups, committed to providing resources for watershed management in West Virginia. The West Virginia Watershed Network is an informal association of interests with a mission to collaboratively support efforts necessary to empower local residents to make decisions for sustainable management of their resources.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signs a proclamation setting September 8th, 2014 as Watershed Celebration Day

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Celebration Day Updates

 

2014 Watershed Celebration Day Award Winners
2014 WATERSHED CELEBRATION DAY AWARD WINNERS

Charleston- Watershed volunteers came to the Capitol on Monday, September 8th to talk with their Legislators and to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to keeping WV streams and rivers clean. During the 16th annual Watershed Celebration Day it was as important as ever for the legislators to understand the tireless efforts of watershed volunteers across the state. The event was sponsored by the WV Watershed Network and included among other activities a panel discussion about the new Source Water Protection Law. The panel discussion was followed by an awards luncheon with the senators and delegates and an afternoon session during the Legislative Water Resources Commission meeting. During the commission meeting, volunteers talked about water quality improvement projects they are working on in their communities to address acid mine drainage, sediment, fecal coliform and other sources of water pollution affecting streams throughout the State.

The WV Watershed Network is a group of state, federal and non-profit resource providers who work closely with these volunteer organizations. This year they honored 12 watershed groups and one individual for their hard work and commitment in protecting and restoring streams and educating their communities about the importance of watershed protection.

“We have been doing this for 16 years and every year we continue to have volunteers with a passion for our beautiful state and strong understanding of the important role clean water plays in our economy and our health. We like to take one day out of the year to express our appreciation for a job well done.” said Jennifer Pauer, Watershed Basin Coordinator with the WV Stream Partners Program. “We could not do the scale of work that is accomplished all across the state without the support of these volunteer organizations. . Clearly, Watershed volunteers are what make WV’s stream protection and restoration efforts a success.”

This year the Network’s highest honor went to one of WV’s longstanding and well known watershed associations. This group focuses on building partnerships through education and has been able to shine a light on new technologies to treat acid mine drainage. The Morris Creek Watershed was named the 2014 Watershed Association of the Year. The WVWN also recognized these Watershed Associations for their work in 2014:
• Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition- Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County
• Buckhannon River Watershed Association- Buckhannon, Upshur County
• Coal River Group - St. Albans, Kanawha County
• Davis Creek Watershed Association – Charleston, Kanawha County
• Fourpole Creek Watershed Association – Huntington, Cabell County
• Friends of Deckers Creek- Morgantown, Monongalia County
• Friends of the Hughes River - Harrisville Ritchie County
• Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River- Lewisburg, Greenbrier County
• Piney Creek Watershed Association – Beckley, Raleigh County
• Sleepy Creek Watershed Association – Berkeley Springs, Morgan County
• Warm Springs Watershed Association - Berkeley Springs, Morgan County

The individual recognized for her efforts to support the watershed movement outside of her watershed as a “Guiding Light” was Bethany Boback nominated by the Friend s of Deckers Creek in Morgantown, WV

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Sponsors for this year’s event include Dominion Foundation, Capitol Conservation District, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, Elk Conservation District, Greenbrier Valley Conservation District, Guyan Conservation District, Little Kanawha Conservation District, Monongahela Conservation District, Northern Panhandle Conservation District, Potomac Valley conservation District, Southern Conservation District, Tygarts Valley Conservation District, Upper Ohio Conservation District, West Fork Conservation District, Western Conservation District, National Park Service- Rivers and trails Program, US Office of Surface Mining, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Highways, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and West Virginia Watershed Resource Center.

The West Virginia Watershed Network is an informal association of interests with a mission to collaboratively support efforts and provide resources necessary to empower local residents to make decisions for sustainable management of their resources

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For more information, contact Jennifer Pauer at (304) 389-1509.
2013 Watershed Celebration Day Winners Announced
WV Watershed Network 2013 Watershed Celebration Day Winners

On November 2nd the West Virginia Watershed Network hosted the 15th annual Watershed Celebration day at Cacapon State Park.  Nine watershed associations and one individual were recognized for their work for the following special projects:

Cultural Connection Award

The Friends of Deckers Creek is well established and extraordinary group that continues to excel in their efforts to promote improvements in their watershed through their watershed connections.  They educate the public on a number of environmental matters, conduct extensive water monitoring, and are reaching out to other cultures in the area.

 

At their outdoor learning park, the group erected a welcome sign in both English and Spanish to honor the contributions of a local Mexican Restaurant as well as encourage more Hispanic families to use the facility.  This project and all of their other work has earned the friends of Deckers Creek the Cultural Connections award.

 

Margaret Meade Award

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world.  Warm Springs Run Watershed Association like no other epitomizes this through their partnerships, activities and accomplishments with citizens, civic groups, local, regional, state and federal governments.  Using all these partners and many more the group promotes and works towards their goals; help people understand, protect, improve and enjoy their Run. 

 

THINK OUTSIDE, NO BOX REQUIRED

Their mottos: “Think outside, no box required!” and “Recreate while you educate”.

This group has excelled in many areas over the past year.  They have hosted educational outreach events worked on renewable energy and reforestation projects.  They have planted community gardens, hosted water quality monitoring events are just into projects galore. 

For making their mottos a reality, Morris Creek Watershed Association was awarded the “Think outside, no box required” award.

The Perfect TEN Award – trees, entomology, and neighbors

The Sleepy Creek Watershed was recognized for being a Perfect Ten.  Their efforts to promote and educate are extensive.  They provide and plant trees to increase riparian buffers; monitor at 7 sites with 8 monitors where they spend a total of 102 hours on site collection and insect identification.  They participate in educational efforts on everything from pond management to promoting less expensive ways to feed families through hunting and fishing.  They know it is essential to educate county officials on the expectations of the Chesapeake Bay WIP and the importance of the watershed association to the community.  They also had a record number of volunteers for their 11th annual WV Make It Shine Clean Up.  All of this and more is why Sleepy Creek received  the Perfect TEN award.

The Friends of Fish Award

Save The Tygart has worked over the years with partnering agencies to alleviate the effects of acid mine drainage on Three Forks Creek and Sandy Creek.  Their extensive volunteer monitoring and AMD intervention are leading them toward cleaner streams.  The monitoring program trains people from other watersheds as well as their own members.  They keep residents informed and are getting children and adults “hooked on fishing”. 

Pooper Snooper

 Piney Creek Watershed Association hosted a workshop entitled Microbial Source Tracking: From Dogs to DNA, Methods to Locate the Source of Bacteria Polluting Your Watershed.  They brought in Environmental Canine Services to demonstrate the use of dogs as a rapid screening method to detect human sewage in storm sewers and other water resources.  The information was presented to a diverse audience.  The effort led to several media discussions from public radio to local TV stations and has increased interest in bacteria tracking with others in the state.

 

Energizer Bunny

The Buckhannon River Watershed Association has been in existence since 2001 and continues to bounce along, educating the community and cleaning up their watershed.  Newsletters, their new web page, brochure, and attendance at various festivals and fairs help to get the word out on sedimentation, nonpoint source pollution and disposal of unused medicines.  Work with the local high school and college continues, educating students on water sampling and analysis.  The group’s consistent and persistent work to clean up and educate the watershed makes the

“Energizer Bunny” award ideal for Buckhannon River WSA.

W.R.E.C.K Award

Although the title of this award is wreck, it is no accident what the Coal River Group has done to deserve this unique award.  W= Water, R= Recreation, E=Education C=Community and K=Kayak.  Not only do the letters signify the activities conducted by the Coal River Group, but the location of the letters is also important.  Notice that the E and C are in the center of the word, and represent that Education and Community are in the center of this group’s philosophy and action. Their emphasis on education and community is strongly supported by their activities on the river.  This year, CRG has sponsored river festivals, education contests, workshops and field trips for schoolchildren and has also incorporated college students into the program, providing internships for students.  CRG covers nearly 1,000 square miles, thus utilizes local “branches” to carry out the activities in the watershed.  This approach has been very successful in fostering community involvement as evidenced by their successful cleanup projects, community events and river trips.  The success of their education and community projects are partially due to their ability to utilize their resources in a fun and exciting way, encouraging the recreational use of the river through the river trail, walking paths and boardwalks.  One of their key accomplishments of the year was the purchase of a kayak and canoe rental business, allowing this group to get more people out on the river, and fund the sustainability of the nonprofit group.  We think you will agree that the WRECK award is an appropriate and well-deserved honor for the Coal River Group.

 

Guiding Light

This year’s Guiding Light Award is presented to Jen Osha-Buysse, Friends of Deckers Creek.  Jen works with FODC’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) in conjunction with the Morgantown Learning Academy (MLA). MLA is located in the West Run watershed, a small, neighboring watershed that is troubled by stormwater runoff, acid mine drainage, and agricultural runoff. She has encouraged the Youth Advisory Board to host workshops that educate the MLA students about water quality and how to measure parameters such as pH, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen. The MLA students now have started sampling a tributary of West Run that flows near their school. The Youth Advisory Board has hosted workshops to educate MLA students about other environmental issues that are prevalent in our local community. She also has coordinated a city-wide recycling program in local schools, many of which are outside the Deckers Creek watershed. FODC’s Youth Advisory Board has purchased recycling bins that have been installed in 11 local schools. Along with supplying the bins, they have taught students which items are recyclable and the positive impact recycling can have on our environment.

 

Watershed Association of the Year

The 2013 Watershed Association of the Year was awarded to Opequon Creek Project Team.  This is a group that is out and about and very busy.  They sponsor Make It Shine stream clean ups that provide improved recreational experience for the local residents who use the creek to canoe, kayak, wade, and fish.

 

Fun Floats are a part of their community education program to introduce residents to the beauty of the Creek and part of the effort to increase membership. Education Hollis Oak brings extra money and the knowledge of the importance of buffers to stakeholders throughout the watershed during the “Hollis Oak” tree sale.  They also have found value in presentations. At every buffer planting the president, briefs the participants on the value of the creek, the watershed, and organization’s mission. Members also have used the Project WET program to educate the young people attending events.

 

Volunteers participate in workshops and conferences by sharing their recent watershed experiences with the attendees and discussing storm water capture using a rain barrel display. They are always spreading the word about their work and their mission.  Guest speakers with local programs and opportunities are an important part of monthly meetings. 

 

This group talks about it and posts it.  They have installed a number of signs throughout the watershed. Partnerships have led to an interpretive sign installed on the Route 9 bike path just before it crosses the creek. The signs also discuss ways residents can help keep and restore the water quality in the watershed. "Public Access Don't Litter" signs were attached to the DNR signs at the three creek’s public access areas.

 

Planting trees has always been important to these volunteers and they have been responsible for planting over 3,000 new trees and shrubs. In addition to over 20 buffers installed in their watershed in the last 5 years, volunteers have pitched in to help with surrounding watershed buffer installation.

 

In addition to their own mission they are a part of two substantial long term projects of CVI/WVDEP in neighboring watersheds that include septic tank upgrades, tree plantings and planning for a dam removal to improve access for boaters and fisherman.   They also participated in WVDEP 2012 summer long environmental assessment of Back Creek. 

 

For this long list of accomplishments and the dedication of the volunteers the WV Watershed Network recognizes the Opequon Creek Project Team as the 2013 Watershed of the Year.



*See attachment for pictures! Publication: 4224_WCD Winners Article.docx
2013 Energizer Bunny Award Presented to the Buckhannon River Watershed Association
 

Energizer Bunny

This group has been in existence since 2001 and continues to bounce along, educating the community and cleaning up their watershed.  Newsletters, their new web page, brochure, and attendance at various festivals and fairs help to get the word out on sedimentation, nonpoint source pollution and disposal of unused medicines.  Work with the local high school and college continues, educating students on water sampling and analysis.  The group’s consistent and persistent work to clean up and educate the watershed makes the

“Energizer Bunny” award ideal for the Buckhannon River Watershed Association.

 

Congratulations BRWA! Thanks for coming to WCD and all the work you do all year long to improve our streams and rivers.

The West Virginia Watershed Network

2013 W.R.E.C.K. Award Presented to the Coal River Group
 

W.R.E.C.K Award

Although the title of this award is wreck, it is no accident what this group has done to deserve this unique award.  W= Water, R= Recreation, E=Education C=Community and K=Kayak.  Not only do the letters signify the activities conducted by the Group, but the location of the letters is also important.  Notice that the E and C are in the center of the word, and represent that Education and Community are in the center of this group’s philosophy and action. Their emphasis on education and community is strongly supported by their activities on the river.  This year, the group has sponsored river festivals, education contests, workshops and field trips for schoolchildren and has also incorporated college students into the program, providing internships for students.  This group covers nearly 1,000 square miles, thus utilizes local “branches” to carry out the activities in the watershed.  This approach has been very successful in fostering community involvement as evidenced by their successful cleanup projects, community events and river trips.  The success of their education and community projects are partially due to their ability to  utilize their resources in a fun and exciting way, encouraging the recreational use of the river through the river trail, walking paths and boardwalks.  One of their key accomplishments of the year was the purchase of a kayak and canoe rental business, allowing this group to get more people out on the river, and fund the sustainability of the nonprofit group.  I think you will agree that the WRECK award is an appropriate and well-deserved honor for the Coal River Group.

 

Congratulations CRG! Thanks for coming to WCD and all the work you do all year long to improve our streams and rivers.

The West Virginia Watershed Network

How to Develop a Water Trail Power Point Presentation
How to Develop a Water Trail
Bill Robinson, State Trail Coordinator
WV Department of Transportation
Publication: 3636_WVDOH_water_trail_designation.pptx
Coal River Group's Water Trail Experience PowerPoint Presentation
14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day
Coal River Group's Water Trail Experience
Bill Currey, Chairman, Coal River Group Publication: 3601.3601_Basic CRG Presentation 9-8-12.ppt
How to Develop a Water Trail PowerPoint Presentation
14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day
How to Develop a Water Trail
Peggy Pings, NPS - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
Publication: 3600_WCD-WaterTrails_PPings_9-3-2012.ppt
14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Program
14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Program.
*Please see attachment. Publication: 3599_2012 WCD Program.pdf
14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Winners Announced

Tornado- For the fourteenth year, watershed groups from all across West Virginia were recognized by the West Virginia Watershed Network for their efforts in protecting and restoring local watersheds. 

Over 100 volunteers and resource providers attended Watershed Celebration Day on September 7 and 8, 2012. The event was hosted by the Coal River Group at their Science and Education Center in Tornado WV.  The theme and program were developed around information on river trails.  On Friday volunteers had the opportunity to paddle the Coal River and experience the Coal River Walhonde Water Trail first hand with a guided trip by Bill Simmons the owner of Coal River Kayak and Canoe Rental.  Others hiked through the Barnett Conservation Preserve and fished from the banks of the river at Meadowood Park.  Friday night volunteers were treated to dinner and a Contra dance workshop provided by the Kanawha Valley Friends of Old Time Music.  On Saturday, the West Virginia Watershed Network organized speakers to describe the process of how to create a river trail and recognized 16 watershed groups and one individual for their hard work and commitment in protecting and restoring streams and educating their communities about the importance of watershed protection. 

“After all of these years watershed volunteers are still excited to come out to talk with one another and learn about new programs and projects that they can take home to their watersheds.” said Jennifer Pauer, Watershed Basin Coordinator for the WV Department of Environmental Protection.  “It is also nice that volunteers get to be recognized in front of their peers for the work they have done all year.  These folks volunteer because they care about our natural resources and are willing to give their time for that cause.  West Virginia is lucky to have them.”   

 

This year the highest honor went to Warm Springs Run Watershed Association from Berkeley Springs WV.  The volunteers were recognized for their ability to create partnerships, to spread the word on how good streams go bad, and their foresight to take a proactive approach by developing a comprehensive watershed restoration plan.    The Warm Springs Run Watershed Association was named the 2012 Watershed Association of the Year. 

Other Watershed Associations were recognized for their work in the following categories:

Partners

·         North Fork Watershed Association, Davis

·         Plateau Action Network, Fayetteville

Project Implementation

·         Coal River Group, St. Albans

·         Opequon Creek Project Team, Martinsburg

·         Sleepy Creek Watershed Association,  Berkeley Springs

Outreach and Education

·         Buckhannon River Watershed Association, Buckhannon

·         Friends of Deckers Creek, Morgantown

·         Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River, Alderson

·         Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Lewisburg

·         Morris Creek Watershed Association, Montgomery

·         Piney Creek Watershed Association, Beckley

Monitoring

·         Davis Creek Watershed Association, Charleston

·         Friends of the Cheat, Kingwood

            Guiding Light

·         Sarah Veselka, Friends of Deckers Creek

  • New Watershed Association of the Year
    Blue Ridge Watershed Association

Sponsors for this year’s event include Dominion Foundation, Chesapeake Energy, Appalachian Coal Country Team,  Coal River Group, Evans Insurance Agency Inc., Capitol Conservation District, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, Elk  Conservation District, Greenbrier Valley Conservation District, Guyan Conservation District, Little Kanawha Conservation District, Monongahela Conservation District, Northern Panhandle Conservation District, Potomac Valley Conservation District, Southern Conservation District, Tygarts Valley Conservation District, Upper Ohio Conservation District, West Fork Conservation District, Western Conservation District, National Park Service- Rivers and trails Program, US Office of Surface Mining,  West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Highways, and West Virginia Watershed Resource Center.

The West Virginia Watershed Network is an informal association of interests with a mission to collaboratively support efforts and provide resources necessary to empower local residents to make decisions for sustainable management of their resources.

For more information, contact Jennifer Pauer at (304) 389-1509.

13th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Program
Publication: 3018_2011 WCD Program.pdf
13th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Winners Announced
Publication: 3017.General PR WCD 2011.pdf
Warm Springs Watershed Association - Partnerships
Publication: 3016.Warm SpringsWatershed Association - Partners.pdf
Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association - Partnerships
Publication: 3015.Upper Guyandotte WSA - Partners.pdf
Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association
Publication: 3014_Upper Guyandotte WSA - Partners.docx
Sleepy Creek Watershed Association - Project Implementation
Publication: 3013.Sleepy Creek WSA - Project Implementation.pdf
Piney Creek Watershed Association - Monitoring
Publication: 3012.Piney Creek - Monitoring.pdf
Opequon Creek Watershed Association - Partnerships
Publication: 3011.Opequon Creek Project Team - Partners.pdf
Morris Creek Watershed Association - Outreach & Education
Publication: 3010.Morris Creek- Outreach.pdf
Mike King, Morris Creek WSA - Guiding Light
Publication: 3009.Mike King - Guiding Light.pdf
Meadow River Watershed Association - Partnerships
Publication: 3008.Meadow River WSA- Partners.pdf
McDowell County Wastewater Coalition - Project Implementation
Publication: 3007.McDowell County Wastewater Coalition - Project.pdf
Indian Creek Watershed Association - Outreach & Education
Publication: 3006.Indian Creek WSA - Outreach and Education.pdf
Friends of the Lower Greenbrier - Outreach & Education
Publication: 3005.Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River - Outreach and Education.pdf
Friends of Deckers Creek - Watershed of the Year
Publication: 3004.Friends of Deckers Creek - WSA of the Year.pdf
Elks Run Study Committe - Project Implementation
Publication: 3003.Elks Run Study Committee - Project Implementation.pdf
Coal River Group - Watershed of the Year
Publication: 3002.Coal River Group - WSA of the Year.pdf
Buckhannon River WSA - Outreach & Education Award
Publication: 3001.Buckhannon River WSA - Outreach and Education.pdf
12th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Winners Announced

2010 Watershed Celebration Day Award Recipients

Beckley
- For the twelfth consecutive year, watershed groups from all across West Virginia were recognized by the West Virginia Watershed Network for their efforts in protecting and restoring local watersheds.

Over 100 volunteers attended Watershed Celebration Day on November 6.  The group gathered at The Resort at Glade Springs to honor 16 watershed groups and one individual for their hard work and commitment in protecting and restoring streams and educating their communities about the importance of watershed protection. 

“It is very inspiring to see how much these volunteer watershed organizations continue to achieve in their communities,” said Rick Buckley, Clean Streams Coordinator for the Federal Office of Surface Mining.  “Their accomplishments are a testimony to each of us that we all can make a positive difference, for the health of our streams and rivers, by working together and being committed.”   

 

The highest honor went to the Piney Creek Watershed Association of Raleigh County as the 2010 Watershed Association of the Year.  The group received a $5,000 cash award donated by the Dominion Foundation.  The Division of Highways also provided highway signs designating the watershed association as the watershed of the year.

Other Watershed Associations were recognized for their work in the following categories:

Partners

·         Davis Creek Watershed Association, Charleston

·         Elks Run Study Committee, Harpers Ferry

·         Friends of the Cheat, Kingwood

·         Morris Creek Watershed Association, Montgomery

Project Implementation

·         Meadow River Watershed Association,  Rupert

Outreach and Education

·         Dunkard Creek Watershed Association, Morgantown

·         Friends of the Second Creek, Union

·         Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Lewisburg

·         Sleepy Creek Watershed Association,  Berkeley Springs

·         Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association, Mullens

·         Opequon Creek Project Team, Martinsburg

Monitoring

·         Buckhannon River Watershed Association, Buckhannon

·         Friends of Deckers Creek, Morgantown

New Watershed Association

·         Friends of Milam Creek, Milam

·         Warm Springs Watershed Association, Berkeley Springs

            Guiding Light

·         Martin Christ, Save The Tygart Watershed Association

Sponsors for this year’s event include Dominion Foundation, Lime Doser Consulting LLC, Capitol Conservation District, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, Greenbrier Valley Conservation District, Guyan Conservation District, Little Kanawha Conservation District, Monongahela Conservation District, Northern Panhandle Conservation District, Southern Conservation District, Tygarts Valley Conservation District, Upper Ohio Conservation District, West Fork Conservation District, Western Conservation District, Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team, Canaan Valley Institute, Crab Orchard PSD, National Park Service, Plateau Action Network, Piney Creek Watershed Association, United States Environmental Protection Agency,  US Office of Surface Mining, US Environmental Protection Agency, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Highways, and West Virginia Watershed Resource Center.

The West Virginia Watershed Network is an informal association of interests with a mission to collaboratively support efforts and provide resources necessary to empower local residents to make decisions for sustainable management of their resources.

For more information, contact Jennifer Pauer at (304) 389-1509.

Publication: 2564.2010 Winter Water Net.pdf
11th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Winners Announced!


2009 Watershed Celebration Day Winners Announced!

 Davis – West Virginia Watershed Network recognized watershed groups from all across West Virginia for their efforts in protecting and restoring local watersheds on November 13, 2009 at Blackwater Falls State Park during the 11th annual Watershed Celebration Day.

Over 100 volunteers attended the event and were given awards for their work to create partners, to implement projects, to educate their communities and to monitor water quality to determine project success.  “We host this event to show our gratitude for the many hours volunteers give to improving West Virginia’s streams and rivers” says Jami Thompson, Manager, WV Watershed Resource Center.

The highest honor went to the Coal River Group as the 2009 Watershed Association of the Year.  The group received a $5,000 cash award donated by the Dominion Foundation.  The Division of Highways also provided highway signs designating the watershed association as the watershed of the year.

Other winners were:

Partnerships

  • Baker Run Conservation Society, Hardy County
  • Elks Run Study Committee, Jefferson County
  • Friends of Deckers Creek, Monongalia County
  • Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association, Wyoming County
  • Warm Springs Watershed Association, Morgan County

 

Project Implementation

·    Guardians of the West Fork, Harrison County

  • Morris Creek Watershed Association, Kanawha County

 

Outreach and Education

  • Plateau Action Network, Fayette County
  • Buckhannon River Watershed Association, Upshur County
  • Sleepy Creek Watershed Association, Morgan County

Monitoring - Opequon Creek Watershed Association, Berkeley County

New Watershed Association of the Year

  • Meadow River Watershed Association, Greenbrier County
  • Potomac Valley CommuniTree Chapter, Hardy County

 

Guiding Light – Bill Thorne, Monongalia County

Sponsors for this year’s event include participating West Virginia Conservation Districts, American Electric Power, Burgess & Niple, Canaan Valley Institute, Dominion Foundation, Friends of North Fork, River Network, West Virginia American Water, US Office of Surface Mining, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Natural Resources Conservation Service, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Highways, West Virginia Watershed Resource Center, West Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Society, West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service.

The West Virginia Watershed Network is an informal association of interests with a mission to collaboratively support efforts and provide resources necessary to empower local residents to make decisions for sustainable management of their resources.

For more information, contact Jami Thompson at (304) 558-0382.

10th Anniversary Watershed Celebration Day Winners

Charleston - For the tenth consecutive year, watershed groups from all across West Virginia were recognized by the West Virginia Watershed Network for their efforts in protecting and restoring local watersheds.

Over 100 volunteers attended Watershed Celebration Day on Nov. 1.  The group gathered at the Clay Center in Charleston to honor 19 watershed associations and one individual for their hard work and commitment in protecting and restoring streams and educating their communities about the importance of watershed protection. 

“This marks the tenth anniversary of our celebration to honor the volunteers. This is a group of very special people who give their time, their money, their knowledge, and their energy to improve the quality of life within their watershed,” said Rick Buckley, Clean Streams Coordinator for the Federal Office of Surface Mining.  “Their accomplishments are a testimony to each of us that we all can make a positive difference, for the health of our streams and rivers, by working together and being committed.”   

The highest honor went to the Buckhannon River Watershed Association of Upshur County as the 2008 Watershed Association of the Year.  The group received a plaque and a $5,000 cash award donated by the Dominion Foundation.  The Division of Highways also provided highway signs designating the watershed association as the watershed of the year.

Other winners were:

Flood Mitigation – Morris Creek Watershed Association, Kanawha County

Habitat – Horseshoe Run Watershed Association, Tucker County

New Watershed Association of the YearElks Run Study Committee, Jefferson County

Non Point Source– North Fork Watershed Project, Tucker County

Outreach and Education (this category had two winners)Friends of Deckers Creek, Monongalia County and Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association, Wyoming County

Polluted Coal Mine Drainage – Plateau Action Network, Fayette County

Recreation – Baker Run Conservation Society, Hardy County

Solid Waste (this category has two winners) Opequon Creek Project Team, Berkeley County and Lower West Fork Watershed Association, Harrison County

Stream Partners (this category has two winners) Davis Creek Watershed Association, Kanawha County and Guardians of the West Fork, Harrison County

Urban Work – Piney Creek Watershed Association, Raleigh County

Wastewater- Coal River Group, Kanawha County

Water Quality Monitoring– (this category has two winners) Sleepy Creek Watershed Association, Morgan County and Friends of the Cheat, Preston County

Youth Participation(this category has two winners) Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Greenbrier County and Campbell’s Creek Watershed Association, Kanawha County

Guiding Light – Amanda Lachowski, Monongalia County

Sponsors for this year’s event include participating West Virginia Conservation Districts, American Electric Power, Burgess & Niple, Dominion Foundation, River Network, West Virginia American Water, US Office of Surface Mining, US Environmental Protection Agency, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Highways, West Virginia Watershed Resource Center, West Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Society, West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service.

The West Virginia Watershed Network is an informal association of interests with a mission to collaboratively support efforts and provide resources necessary to empower local residents to make decisions for sustainable management of their resources.

For more information, contact Teresa Koon at (304) 550-2362

Publication: 1507_press release wcd08.doc
10th Anniversary Watershed Celebration Day Slideshow
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2007 Watershed Prizes List

 2007 Watershed Celebration Day Watershed Prize Winners
Door Prize Watershed Recipient Contributing Organization
GPS Unit Coal River OSM
Digital Camera w/Case, 1 Gig card Extra for 2008 OSM
Microscope Sleepy Creek OSM
Microscope Upper Guyandotte OSM
AMD Test Kit Plateau Action Network OSM
AMD Test Kit Friends of Deckers OSM
$250 Membership - River Network Plateau Action Network River Network
Garmin eTrex Summit  GPS w/case Potomac River Watch West Virginia Conservation Agency
Garmin eTrex Summit  GPS w/case Elk Headwater West Virginia Conservation Agency
Garmin eTrex Summit  GPS w/case Horseshoe Run West Virginia Conservation Agency
Triangular Net & Kick Net Dunkard Creek West Virginia Conservation Agency
Triangular Net & Kick Net Extra for 2008 West Virginia Conservation Agency
Living In Water Curriculum Tote Piney Creek West Virginia Conservation Agency
 pH / Conductivity Tracer Plateau Action Network West Virginia Conservation Agency
 pH / Conductivity Tracer Morris Creek West Virginia Conservation Agency
pH / Conductivity Tracer   West Virginia Conservation Agency
Water Monitoring FIELD Kit Lower West Fork West Virginia Conservation Agency
Water Monitoring FIELD Kit Friends of the Cheat West Virginia Conservation Agency
Water Monitoring FIELD Kit   West Virginia Conservation Agency
Water Monitoring FIELD Kit Extra for 2008 West Virginia Conservation Agency
Broadcast Seeder & 6 Litter Gitters Extra for 2008 West Virginia Conservation Agency
Broadcast Seeder & 6 Litter Gitters Extra for 2008 West Virginia Conservation Agency
24 "An Inconvenient Truth" DVD's One given to each watershed group attending  West Virginia Conservation Agency
Digital Camera w/1 G Card Friends of the Cacapon West Virginia Conservation Agency
Digital Camera w/1 G Card Little Grave Creek West Virginia Conservation Agency
Digital Camera w/1 G Card Guardians of the West Fork West Virginia Conservation Agency
Digital Camera w/1 G Card Buckhannon West Virginia Conservation Agency
Water Monitor Kit  Friends of Deckers West Virginia Conservation Agency
Speedy Dibbles Little Sandy West Virginia Conservation Agency

Publication: 1066.WCD Prizes 2007Final.xls
2007 Watershed Celebration Day Winners

2007 Watershed Celebration Day Winners

The highest honor went to the Plateau Action Network of Fayette County as the 2007 Watershed Association of the Year.  The group received a plaque and a $5,000 cash award donated by the Dominion Foundation.  The Division of Highways also provided highway signs designating the watershed association as the watershed of the year.

Other winners were:

Forestry – Baker Run Conservation Society, Hardy County

Habitat – Horseshoe Run Watershed Association, Tucker County

Natural Stream Restoration – Little Grave Creek Watershed Association, Marshall County

New Watershed of the Year Potomac Water Watch, Morgan County

Non Point – Sleepy Creek Watershed Association, Morgan County

Outreach and Education (this category had two winners)Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Greenbrier County, and Laurel Run Watershed Association, Preston County

Polluted Coal Mine Drainage – Guardians of the West Fork, Marion County

Recreation – Coal River Group, Kanawha County

Solid Waste - Morris Creek Watershed Association, Fayette County

Stream Partners  Buckhannon River Watershed Association, Upshur County

Water Quality – Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association, Wyoming County

Urban Work – Opequon Creek Project Team, Berkeley County

Youth Participation—Friends of Deckers Creek, Monongalia County

Guiding Light – Arthur Halterman, Hardy County

Publication: 1059_press release wcd07.DOC
2006 Watershed Celebration Day Winners

  2006 Watershed Celebration Day Winners

For the seventh consecutive year, watershed groups from all across West Virginia were recognized by the Department of Environmental Protection for their efforts in protecting and restoring local watersheds.

Over 100 volunteers attended the Watershed Celebration Day on Nov. 4.  The group gathered at Stonewall Jackson Resort to honor 15 watershed groups and one individual for their hard work and commitment in protecting and restoring streams and educating their communities about the importance of watershed protection.  The event was sponsored by the West Virginia Watershed Network.

“Every year, I’m amazed at the creativity and perseverance of watershed association volunteers,” said DEP Cabinet Secretary Stephanie R. Timmermeyer.  “I certainly appreciate the volunteers’ time and energy put into restoration of the state’s streams.”

The highest honor went to the Morris Creek Watershed Association of Kanawha County as the 2006 Watershed Association of the Year.  The group received a plaque and a $5,000 cash award donated by the Dominion Foundation.  The Division of Highways also provided highway signs designating the watershed association as the watershed of the year.

Other winners were:

Forestry – Sleepy Creek Watershed Association, Morgan County

New Watershed of the Year Opequon Creek Project Team, Berkeley County

Solid WasteTwelvepole Watershed Association, Wayne County

Habitat – Davis Creek Watershed Association, Kanawha County

Non Point – Elk Headwaters Watershed Association, Webster County

Outreach and Education (this category had two winners)Indian Creek Watershed Association,  Monroe County, and Friends of the Blackwater’s North Fork Project, Tucker County

Polluted Coal Mine Drainage – Buckhannon River Watershed Association, Upshur County

Recreation – Dunkard Creek Watershed Association, Monongalia County

Stream Partners  Guardians of the West Fork, Harrison County

Water Quality – Friends of Deckers Creek, Monongalia County

Guiding Light – Joe Crowder, Kanawha County

Natural Stream Restoration – Friends of Springs Run Wild Trout, Pendleton County

Wastewater Treatment—Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association, Wyoming County

Youth Participation—Baker Run Conservation Society, Hardy County

The West Virginia Watershed Network is comprised of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Forestry, Division of Natural Resources, West Virginia

Conservation Agency, U.S. Office of Surface Mining, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service, Canaan Valley Institute, River Network, and the Rivers Coalition.

2006 Watershed Celebration Day Door Prize Winners

2006 Watershed Celebration Day Door Prize Winners

Door Prize Winner

Prize

Contributing Organization

Baker Run

GPS Unit

OSM

Blue Creek Watershed Association

HP Printer/fax/copier

OSM

Buckhannon River Watershed

Microscope

OSM

Buffalo Creek

GPS Unit

OSM

Cabin Creek Watershed Association

HP Printer/fax/copier

OSM

Cacapon Watershed Association

GPS Unit

OSM

Coal River

$250 Membership

River Network

Coal River Watershed Association

HP Printer/fax/copier

OSM

Dunkard Creek Watershed

GPS Unit

OSM

Friends of Deckers Creek

Digital Camera/1 gig card/case                        

OSM

Friends of the Cheat

Microscope

OSM

Greenbrier River

Digital Camera/1 gig card/case

OSM

Guardians of the West Fork

HP Printer/fax/copier

OSM

Little Sandy Creek

HP Printer/fax/copier

OSM

Lower West Fork River

Digital Camera/1 gig card/case

OSM

Magazine Branch

Digital Camera/1 gig card/case

OSM

Morris Creek Watershed Association

HACH AMD Kit

OSM

Opequon Creek

Microscope

OSM

Plateau Action Network

HP Printer/fax/copier

OSM

Shavers Fork

HP Printer/fax/copier

OSM

Sleepy Creek

Digital Camera/1 gig card/case

OSM

Twelve Pole Creek

Digital Camera/1 gig card/case

OSM

Upper Guyandotte

HACH AMD Kit

OSM

Past Watershed Celebration Day Winners Slide Show
Publication: 1025.2008 WCD Slideshow.ppt

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